Singletracks has been collecting mountain bikers’ reviews of trails all around the world for more than a decade now. We crunched the data from tens of thousands of trail reviews to find the top mountain bike trails in the USA by state. Here are the results (click for a larger, interactive map).
Note, these selections represent the opinions of thousands of mountain bikers all around the USA*. While it is difficult to compare MTB trails across state lines, identifying the top trail within each state yields interesting results.
What makes a mountain bike trail system stand out?
Judging by the list above, good trails close to large cities can be more popular than scenic or even epic trails within the same state. Most of these systems also offer trails for a variety of skill levels along with decent mileage (10+ miles).
Some surprising results: the top trail in Arizona is not located in Sedona or Flagstaff (see note about trails being located close to population centers). Colorado boasts several amazing rides (including Monarch Crest and Buffalo Creek) but 18 Road comes out on top, thanks in part to the large number of trails to choose from, events like the Fruita Fat Tire festival, and proximity to Moab.
And even in states where the top trail choice seems a bit debatable, the second or third place trail usually has it covered. For example, in Florida, both Santos and Alafia are excellent trail systems–and they’re ranked #1 and #2, respectively, within the state. See this page to view the runners up in each state (use the dropdown menu on the right side of the page to select your state).
I don’t know about you, but for me this graphic just cries out for a road trip!
* Trails are ranked based on the average review, the number of reviews, number of Singletracks members who have ridden the trail, and number of Singletracks members who want to ride the trail.